When Australian new wave band the Models broke up in 1988, lead singer Sean Kelly attempted to launch a solo career with a single that shared its name with his band's final tour, "Thank You, Goodnight." It was not a success. His next venture, however, was. Recruiting an all-star lineup, he put together the supergroup Absent Friends, which was not only a successful side project for members of other bands but also the launching pad for Wendy Matthews' career. As well as singers Kelly and Matthews, the loose lineup of Absent Friends typically consisted of James Valentine on saxophone and Andrew Duffield on keyboards (both also former members of the Models), Gary Beers on bass guitar (still a member of INXS), Michael King on guitar (from Jimmy Barnes' backing band), and John MacKay on drums (from the Machinations). Originally called Sean ...
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